The final survey from Public Policy Polling shows insurgent Rand Paul with a comfortable 52–34 lead over Trey Grayson in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary. Paul’s lead is fueled by a preponderance of likely voters (41 to 36 percent) unhappy with the current state of the Republican Party.
Among those satisfied with the state of the GOP, Grayson leads narrowly, 47–45, but among the disaffected Paul commands a 59–28 edge. Paul also has a huge lead among Kentuckians who think the GOP is too liberal (71–21).
Interestingly, the ire does not extend to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also of Kentucky. Only 18 percent say Grayson/Paul should help oust McConnell from the leadership, while 64 percent say he should be supported — including 58 percent of likely Paul voters. Likewise, Paul’s cozy position doesn’t translate into support for his father, Ron Paul, as a potential presidential candidate in 2012. The elder Paul finishes behind the usual suspects (in order: Huck, Newt, Palin, and Mitt) in 2012 polling, garnering just 8 percent.